Menu
Darina Allen's winter leek & potato soup

Darina Allen's winter leek & potato soup

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
(94 ratings)

Ready in 40-50 minutes

Easy

Serves 6 - 8
Of the winter soups, leek and potato is one of the most comforting and familiar - and Darina Allen's makes the most of seasonal, local veg

Nutrition and extra info

  • Veggie (if you use vegetable stock)
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving for six

  • kcal252
  • fat18g
  • saturates11g
  • carbs18g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre3g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.7g
Save to My Good Food
Please sign in or register to save recipes.

Ingredients

  • 50g butter

    Butter

    butt-err

    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 450g potatoes, peeled and cut into 1cm pieces (try Golden Wonders or Kerr Pinks)

    Potato

    po-tate-oh

    The world's favourite root vegetable, the potato comes in innumerable varieties. A member of…

  • 1 small onion, cut the same size as the potatoes

    Onion

    un-yun

    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 450g white parts of leeks, sliced (save the green tops for another soup or stock)

    Leek

    lee-k

    Like garlic and onion, leeks are a member of the allium family, but have their own distinct…

  • 850ml-1.2litres/1½-2pts light chicken or vegetable stock

    Chicken

    chik-en

    Chicken's many plus points - its versatility, as well as the ease and speed with which it…

  • 142ml carton whipping cream
  • 125ml full-fat milk

    Milk

    mill-k

    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

To finish

  • the white part of 1 leek

    Leek

    lee-k

    Like garlic and onion, leeks are a member of the allium family, but have their own distinct…

  • a small knob of butter

    Butter

    butt-err

    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • finely chopped chives

Method

  1. Melt the butter in a heavy saucepan. When it foams, add the potatoes, onion and leeks and toss them in the butter until they are well coated. Season well with salt and freshly ground pepper and toss again. Put a disc of greaseproof paper (called a cartouche by chefs) on top of the vegetables to keep in the steam), then cover the pan with its lid. Cook over a gentle heat for 10 minutes, or until the vegetables are soft but not coloured.

  2. Uncover the pan and discard the paper. Pour in 850ml/11⁄2 pints of the stock, bring to the boil and simmer until the vegetables are just cooked – about 5 minutes. Do not overcook or the soup will lose its fresh flavour.

  3. Purée in a blender until silky smooth, in batches if necessary, then taste and adjust the seasoning. Return the soup to a clean pan and stir in three quarters of the cream and all of the milk.

  4. To finish the soup, finely shred the white leek and gently cook it in the hot butter for a few minutes until it is softened but not coloured. Reheat the soup to a gentle simmer (add some extra stock at this point if the soup is too thick for your liking), then pour into warmed bowls. Drizzle the remaining cream over each serving, top with a little pile of buttered leeks and a scattering of chives and black pepper and serve at once.

Ads by Google

Comments, questions and tips

Sign in or create your My Good Food account to join the discussion.

Comments (104)

Drydoni's picture
5

Beautiful soup used fri light instead of butter at start for vegetables no cream, used semi skimmed milk and also 2 carrots-lovely cant wait to make again

vertang's picture

Really nice - made it for my mother who is convalescing. She wouldn't have any other soup but this. The whole family liked it. :)

sabrinaduck's picture

Lovely. Even my veggie hating carnivorous husband likes it.

lizleicester's picture
3.75

Delicious winter warmer. Had to be dairy free so left out the cream and milk but it was still a lovely, tasty soup in which I left a few veg un-pureed which is a texture I prefer.

lizleicester's picture
3.75

Delicious winter warmer. Had to be dairy free so left out the cream and milk but it was still a lovely, tasty soup in which I left a few veg un-pureed which is a texture I prefer.

leewest's picture
5

Delicious tasty soup the family loved it!

g12jdc's picture
4

Excellent recipe - I scaled it to use up our remaining allotment leeks - I even left more green than was suggested here - was perfect as a winter warmer!

sujane61's picture
4

They were right when they said "Easy".... it was so simple to make. It did get a bit scary when I left the cartouche on it... and when I took it off, perhaps I should have given it a stir halfway through the cook time as I had a few bits browned to the bottom of the pan.. otherwise really tasty. Not a soup for the light hearted and small appetite people.. its heavy and very filling.

billy43's picture

Very easy to make, Tastes great!

shell-mcmillan's picture
4

Really tasty and very easy to make.

Lola_balola's picture
5

Very tasty and quick to make. I roasted the leeks in the oven before adding to the sautéed potatoes. I didn't add milk or cream and it was still very creamy consistency. You may blend as little or much as you like, according to your chunky/creamy preference.

sldavis85's picture
5

Possibly the best soup I have ever made. Needed quite a bit of seasoning but end result is delicious. Didn't use milk and accidentally used just under 300ml of double cream (not sure it's healthy now!!) but tastes incredible. Quite easy to do as well. Will definitely make again.

For those that want lumps - just don't blend as much!

I think it's perfect smooth.

annietj's picture

I have been making this soup (or one identical to it) for years, it was a classic Delia recipe from her cookery course. It is just gorgeous. I noticed someone complained there were no chunky bits - I too like some body so all I do is remove about a third of the veg before blending, then put it back, silky smooth but with the satisfying depth of a chunky soup!

saskia63's picture
5

This is by far the best recipe for l&p soup!

debs7180's picture

Fab soup. Made a couple of times now. I always add a bit of chilli for that extra kick :-)

eyupitsemily's picture
5

Really creamy, even though I didn't use the cream and only skimmed milk. Used a couple of cloves of garlic and a chili to give it a kick. Yummy.

ray_williams99's picture
5

Superb recipe for a very tasty soup which was easy to make. Excellent served with some home made bread covered in a good quality butter :)

theonlygeorgie's picture
5

Best soup I've ever made, totally delicious. Will definitely make again.

knitternicky's picture
5

just made this for lunch, scrummylicious with 3, unanimous 5 out of 5 ratings from around the table.

jaebee's picture
5

Great soup. Made it with skimmed milk and had half for lunch on Friday with fat free Greek yoghurt instead of cream - fab! I had intended to freeze the other half but forgot, so Saturday I added some shredded chicken, a large diced mushroom, a bit more black pepper and a little half fat creme fraiche instead of the cream - also fab! Will make again.

Pages

Questions (2)

Unsure about the cooking time or want to swap an ingredient? Ask us your questions and we’ll try and help you as soon as possible. Or if you want to offer a solution to another user’s question, feel free to get involved…

Be the first to ask a question about this recipe…

Tips (1)

Got your own twist on this recipe? Or do you have suggestions for possible swaps and additions? We’d love to hear your ideas.

Be the first to suggest a tip for this recipe…

Skills & know how

As well as helping you decide what to cook we can also help you to cook it. From tips on cookery techniques to facts and information about health and nutrition, we’ve a wealth of foodie know how for you to explore.

About BBC Good Food

We’re all about good recipes, and about quality home cooking that everyone can enjoy. Whether you’re looking for some healthy inspiration or learning how to cook a decadent dessert, we’ve trustworthy guidance for all your foodie needs.

Our recipes

All our recipes are tested thoroughly by us to make sure they’re suitable for your kitchen at home. We know many of you are concerned about healthy eating, so we send them to a qualified nutritionist for thorough analysis too.

Tell us what you think…

Love the new look or think we’ve missed the mark? We want to hear your thoughts – good and bad – to make sure we make the new website as useful as possible.

Magazine

Subscribe to BBC Good Food magazine and get triple-tested recipes delivered to your door, every month.

Events

Discover the dates and details of all the BBC Good Food Shows.

On TV

See your favourite chefs on Sky Channel 247, Virgin TV 260 and find their recipes at goodfoodchannel.co.uk

Follow us

Join the BBC Good Food community by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Google Plus.